Well, we’ve been tracking for about 2 weeks now…Got almost all the bass and drum tracks down–which is a good thing, since the boys leave tomorrow (sob!)–and to celebrate, I treated myself to a pedicure yesterday.  Ahhh, the rock and roll lifestyle.  Work work work work work, get your toes painted, work work work, have a glass of wine and walk the puppy, work work, sit back and receive the adulation.  Ha!  
The unassuming entrance to the magic palace of sounds...AKA LemonTree Studios.
The unassuming entrance to the magic palace of sounds...AKA LemonTree Studios.
 
Great floor for sliding! Also useful for reading when the singer is bored because it's all about the bass and drums.
Great floor for sliding! Also useful for reading when the singer is bored because it's all about the bass and drums.
This is where I've been sitting for most of the past 2 weeks...
This is where I've been sitting for most of the past 2 weeks...
 
My producer Eric Peterson with his toy box, er, mic collection!
My producer Eric Peterson with his toy box, er, mic collection!
 
And yes... "Quarter of a Cent Cherry" has GOT to be the best nail color ever.
And yes... "Quarter of a Cent Cherry" has GOT to be the best nail color ever.
More news as toes warrant. Or music. Or something.  :)

Well, here we go gang. We’ve been back in LA and rehearsing for another week…Played a really fun show on Tax Day and let it all hang out. Thanks to the fine peeps who showed at 10 o’clock on a Wednesday!
Setlist for the show...Wait...I can almost read it...
Setlist for the show...Wait...I can almost read it...
It was a wonderful chance to exhale after all the intensity of arrangement work…Now the real fun begins! Into the studio tomorrow…(With a new baby to boot–check out the latest addition to the family!) Wish us luck!
A Gibson joins the family...
A Gibson joins the family...

As we’re nearing the end of our week here in the lovely land of the living desert in the foothills above Tucson, I thought I’d share a few pics with you…Help you get the idea of what it’s like laying down the blueprint for a new album… First–and most importantly–everyone is VERY serious all the time!
My bass player and drummer hard at work. VERY serious!
My bass player and drummer hard at work. VERY serious!
Then of course, there is the question of sustenance…
Nothing inspires creativity more than a good blueberry muffin.
Nothing inspires creativity more than a good blueberry muffin.
Then you have your usual array of hours of practice, notes, tempo changes, beat changes, lyric changes…The usual!
Getting the space set up!
Getting the space set up!
Very cryptic and cool notes.
Very cryptic and cool notes.
 
Fancy 2 channel "busking" amp--Professional!
Fancy 2 channel "busking" amp--Professional!
Then you get all your standard inspiration from the environmental surrounds…
Springtime in the desert...
Springtime in the desert...
 
Ahhhh...Cocktail time!
Ahhhh...Cocktail time!
Mix this up for 7 or 8 days, and the result is a lot of wonderful bonding and some very cool tunes.  I hope.  :)  Back to SmelLA on Thursday, then a show next week!!! All for now…